Collision Repair News

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We’ve shared that OEM’s like FCA, Honda/Acura, and Kia have videos within their procedures. Now, General Motors (GM) has added videos to various procedures in service manuals at www.acdelcotds.com.


Jaguar Land Rover position statements are only accessable through the Jaguar Land Rover service information site, Topix. From there, position statements can be accessed by Jaguar Land Rover network collision shops or by signing up for a free account. It is important to note that a free account does not provide access to the Workshop manuals.


There are several videos available from Ford that gives a brief overview of the repairability of new models. The newest video is on the all new 2019 Ford Ranger.


One of the top technical inquiries received at Ask I-CAR is, “Is there a sectioning or partial replacement procedure available?” To help answer this question, RTS has an OEM Partial Part Replacement Search available. Here you will find information on if these procedures are available on a specific vehicle. Let’s take a closer look at the 2019 Honda Fit.


As part of the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) OEM Linking Pin activity, we are helping to connect the collision repair industry to the vehicle makers. The roof of the Buick Regal is laser brazed from the factory along both sides of the roof. In repairs, Buick repair procedures require MIG brazing to replace the laser brazed seam, a first from GM. Recently we had a technical inquiry that asked if adhesive bonding, instead of MIG brazing along both sides of the roof, could be used to replace the roof.


When it comes to repairing bumper covers, sometimes common mistakes can be made that will affect the quality and durability of the repair. One common mistake is using body filler and glazes designed for metal substrates on plastic bumper covers.


As part of the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) OEM Linking Pin activity, we are helping to connect the collision repair industry to the vehicle makers. Recently we had a technical inquiry that asked, about a procedure on a Buick Lacrosse.


One of the top technical inquiries received at Ask I-CAR is, “Is there a sectioning or partial replacement procedure available?” To help answer this question, RTS has an OEM Partial Part Replacement Search available. Here you will find information on if these procedures are available on a specific vehicle. Let’s take a closer look at the 2018 Audi A5/S5 Cabriolet.


Every day, the amount of available content and features of I-CAR’s Repairability Technical Support Portal (RTS) increases. With the flood of information being posted, it might not be so easy to remember where everything is located. Luckily, we’ve removed the guesswork and created a space to give you all of the RTS website navigation information in one location.


Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to spraying refinish materials, there are some common mistakes that can easily be avoided in order to prevent fisheyes.


General Motors unveiled the redesigned versions of their heavy duty 2020 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. The new models will have two available powertrain options, a gas and a diesel. Many new standard and available features have been built into these trucks with work in mind.


Many people remember the good old days of the child lock, which was located in the jamb of the rear doors. The only way to open the rear door, was for someone to let you out. Many siblings have used this feature to torture their brother or sister, by locking them in the vehicle. Not to mention the annoyance this can cause a collision repair technician when they can’t figure out why the rear door won’t open from the inside. Well it appears, gone are the days of the manual child lock and onto an electronic child lock system. A system that also utilizes technology to make sure it is safe for the child to exit the vehicle.


The OEM Partial Part Replacement Search page is a simple way to find out if an OEM has a published procedure for sectioning a part or partially replacing it at factory seams. The RTS team has created a guide on How To Use The OEM Partial Part Replacement Search.


Several OEMs have started including rear seat reminder systems into their vehicle, especially the SUVs and crossovers. These systems are in place to try and prevent a child or pet from being left in a hot or cold vehicle. Most systems work by paying attention to the actions of the passengers. It does this by taking note if the rear doors of the vehicle were opened before the vehicle started operation. If they were opened, the vehicle will normally ding and put an alert on the dash to remind the driver there may be a child or pet in the back seat. One OEM has taken this a step further in order to protect against children and pets from being left in a vehicle.


This year at the Chicago Auto Show, RAM unveiled their new 60-40 split multifunction tailgate. This tailgate offers the functionality of a standard tailgate, as well as a split that allows the tailgate to open like French doors. This innovative tailgate is available for all 2019 RAM 1500 variants and is assured that it is still trailer-friendly.